Tony Robinson

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25 Dec 1929
Darlington, Co. Durham


Great Britain


BRP, Cooper (1963-1968)

Former designer for Alta and engineer for Cooper and Stirling Moss. In 2012, Tony released a book of his life, The Biography of a Race Mechanic. Tony is an upbeat, positive fellow who was hugely instrumental to Cooper and Moss' success through his quiet endeavour to get the car set-up just right. He also helped save Stirling's life after the Goodwood crash in 1962, as he helped remove Moss from the car using his hacksaw, knowing the car more than the average person might've done. Tony also worked as a mechanic at Maserati and as an engineer and designer at BRP, but also frequently worked with Stirling Moss, his father and Alf Francis on a range of different projects. Robinson is also an associate member of the British Racing Driver's Club. Robinson has also worked in the property industry, ran an ice-cream business and also ran both a garage and a pub. Tony, when working with Bruce Halford's private Maserati 250F attempts in Grand Prix racing was Bruce's mechanic, transporter driver, cook and pretty much anything else required. Although Darlington born, Tony spent many years in Neasden. He worked on the family farm rather than do much education but when his mother and father divorced, Tony moved to Neasden with his mother and sister in 1942. A great fan of motorcycles and speedway, Tony worked as a mechanic in the engine shop of Neasden dealer Godfrey Davies, before Robinson had to do National Service. After this was over, he worked, again in Neasden for a glass supplier to the building trade. However, the owner of this business was a chap called Dave Price, who competed in rallies and trials and Tony helped him. After leaving racing in 1961, Tony took over his father-in-law's ice cream business before running a restaurant. He later also worked for Cavendish Motors as a service reception manager and has done a few other jobs since then but is now retired.

Biography last updated 1 Sep 2019